Headphones have always been one of the best gifts you can give a music loving friend or family member, as they are absolutely universal, and of course, the primary vehicle for music listening.
There are, however, a ton of different types, brands, styles, and specs, all of which can have a real impact on quality and experience. In the interest of making this decision a slightly easier one for you to make, we’re going to run through some of the main types of headphones, and what sort of specs and features you should look out for to maximize your value!
Features to look out for
Bass-Response: The most commonly lacking element of headphones is bass response, so it’s certainly something worth paying attention to when making your selection.
Open or Closed Back: Closed (or sealed) headphones totally isolate the sound so they can’t be heard by other people, and the listener can’t hear their outside environment. Open back headphones are not isolated in this way, meaning they allow the listener to still hear their environment.
Comfort: Headphones are often worn for long periods at a time. For this reason, it is important to make a reasonable choice based on the environment in which they will be used. For example, full-Size headphones are ideal for home use, while Sport-focused earbuds are far better suited for exercise.